Monday, November 30, 2015

{style} Cyber Monday Deals

Was trying my best not to go down the rabbit hole, but there are too many good deals out there, and plenty of stock left to totally disregard...
  • M'oda 'Operandi has an additional 30% off some already discounted lush items. Use EXTRA30.
  • J.Crew has over 500 items marked down by 40%, though some seem past season. Use MONDAY. The gift list for him is pretty good, too.
  • Net-A-Porter has items reduced by 50%. Also, a lot of spring/summer items, for those of you in warmer climates.
  • ASOS is offering 30% off everything with code, of course, BLESSED.
  • & other stories has 50% off the important things - bags & shoes!
  • 20% off site-wide on The Outnet.
  • Tibi has an additional 15% off sale items. Doesn't seem like a lot, but the items are already marked significantly and AMAZING. I may or may not have the the bow jumpsuit in my cart. Or already purchased...]. Use CYBERMONDAY15.
  • 30% off for those handsome men at Mr. Porter on selected items.
  • Not a specific code or discount, but prices cut on most items at Nordstrom.
  • And, not to forget, 40% off sale at Barney's. Their home section is key for gifting!

Some of my top picks:


Monday, November 16, 2015

{in my kitchen} breakfast skillet

This is a story of a girl who was too lazy to write down the ingredients needed for a festive breakfast skillet, so she just threw in what she remembered at the grocery store + wished for the best. Good news, the results were delicious [melted, burnt skillet cheese, mmmm). Bad news, the skillet didn't make it out of the sink. It will be missed.

photo: Robin West

This "recipe" included:
  • eggs
  • jack cheddar cheese (threw in as cubes on top)
  • small tomatoes on the vine
  • cilantro
  • diced red onions
I'm off on a European roadtrip this week, but will be posting along the way over on Instagram. See ya there!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

{style} a fall hat for the weekends

Wearing: Goorin Bros. Maise Lock Felt Fedora, APC cashmere tee [old, similar here + here], Banana Republic embellished collared shirt, [old, similar here + here], Gap high rise skinnies, Loeffler Randall snakeskin flats [old, similar here], vintage Gucci tote.

This is the first year that I can honestly say that I haven't gone shopping for fall. While it's my favorite season + I usually start shopping in late July/early August, it just never happened. It's possible that my trip to Tulum put me in a mind state that I never wanted to get out of. Still don't.

Since I usually wear the same few key pieces for work during the week, when I came across a gift card for the ever fabulous Goorin Bros., I figured a bright colored hat could be the way to jumpstart my wardrobe for a bit more playfulness on the weekends.

I found this unique vintage Gucci tote in the window of a lovely shop in Brera while I was in Milan last year + so thankful I spotted it. I usually only carried it for work [surprisingly the perfect size for a laptop] + was a bit timid to use such a structured bag for weekend use, but this outfit was calling for it.

Since the hat, the structured tote + the collared shirt could be a bit more on the tailored/menswear-inspired spectrum, the hidden detail of the embellished collar, the snakeskin flats + the leather bow on the side of the hat add the much needed, subtle feminine touch.  While I'm not a fan of diamonds usually, throw some bling on my clothes + I am as happy as a seagull with a fry.

Shop it!


Monday, October 19, 2015

{beauty} how to find the perfect perfume

I'm a creature of habit, so once I find a scent that my throat does not close up to - whether it be a candle or a perfume - I usually continue to pump the scent for years. When I first heard of the Le Labo brand a few years back, I scoffed at the price + tuned out while my friend continued to tell me why it's worth it.  Having been re-introduced to it last year + actually listening to the "why" the brand is unique [it's amazing how much more we/I listen when a handsome man is the one talking], I found myself at the beauty counter during a lunch break trying to figure out which scent I could adopt as my own.

I became drawn to the blend of white florals in Lys 41 - a blend of jasmine, tuberose + lily - which I was surprised with since overly floral or decadent parfums are the ones which bother me. [To be clear, my throat doesn't close up bc of allergies, just leftover PTSD from relatives that would bathe in bottles of disgustingly strong perfumes + then hug young children, leaving you in a blanket of scented filth.]

Then, I watched as Marcus did something I've never seen before: he created a fresh batch to be bottled right before my eyes. This is the attention to detail that the brand is known for - fresh scents blended with respect, and personalized labeling to remember the date it was created + the magician that poured the potion. While I did this for myself first, I went back a few weeks later to create a personalized scent for my mom for the holidays which she loved. 

The interesting thing that happened immediately were my colleagues asking me what I was wearing. Apparently, this scent was mixing wonderfully with the Neutrogena Sesame Body Oil that I slather on in the colder months [night + day difference, ladies], creating an even more personalized scent. [I honestly get more comments on the days when I'm wearing both than the days I forgot the oil].

Note: if the price gives you sticker shock, they offer 0.5 oz sampling for $6 each if you want to test them before you fully commit.